Roam around the Blue Souk
Known as the city’s most photographed building, the Souk is a shopping mall in Sharjah with tremendous architectural detail. The mall is composed of six buildings that hold over 600 shops. The Central Market, also known as the Blue Souk, is the main building that sells a wide variety of goods, such as electronics, artifacts, and clothing. Whether tourists purchase items here or not, it is always worth a gander!
Visit the Sharjah Archaeology Museum
In the city’s archaeology museum, there are artifacts that can be dated to as far back as the Stone Age. Each item contributes to telling the story of the city and its region. Expect to find jewellery, pottery, and household goods, all of which unravel tales of Sharjah in the centuries before the sky-scrapers and shiny new hotels went up!
Take a ride on the Eye of the Emirates Wheel
Located in the hustling and bustling area of Al Qanat Qasba, the Eye of the Emirates Wheel is quite a popular attraction. The UAE’s answer to the famous London Eye, this large Ferris wheel provides fantastic views of the city and the coast, which can be seen spreading out in an array of high-rises and shimmering white builds as it meets the scintillating waters of the Persian Gulf.
Spend a day at the Al Majaz Waterfront
From morning to evening, the Al Majaz waterfront is the perfect place to spend a day with the family. The waterfront has a wide variety of attractions for members of all age groups. For the young ones, there are parks, play areas, mini golf, and more, while the adults can relax at the restaurants in the area or take a jog around the perimeter.
Go back in time by stopping by the Sharjah Heritage Area
The Sharjah Heritage Area is a blast from the past. It is a combination of several museums that encompass different aspects of the region’s culture. These museums are: the Sharjah Heritage Museum, Al Hisn Sharjah, Al Midfaa House, and Hisn Fort. In the middle, there can be found Souk Al Arsah, which is a large courtyard that contains various small stalls and shops that sell handmade goods.
Sharjah Heritage Area, Al Mareija, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, +971 6 568 000
Drop by the Al Montazah Amusement and Water Park
One of the main local family attractions is Al Montazah Amusement and Water Park. This family outing is known as the ‘UAE’s first adventure park’, and boasts a number of activities for everyone. The water park is comprised of a lazy river, a wading pool and a play structure that is safe for the young ones. There is also a rope course for the older visitors and plenty of sun-splashed terraces for those in search of a tan courtesy of the Gulf!
Take the family to the Arabian Wildlife Center
Since Sharjah is part of the desert region, it boasts a truly unique array of wildlife, all of which can be spotted at the Arabian Wildlife Center. The center is split into three areas: mammals, reptiles and insects. This center is more than just a zoo; it was created in order to help repopulate certain species with its breeding program and educate visitors on the dangers of extinction and endangerment.
Take in the Maraya Art Center
This famous gallery is located in the center of Al Qanat Qasba, where the Eye of Emirates stands. The Maraya was curated by Giuseppe Moscatello, an Italian artist who designated three floors of exhibitions, presenting a wide variety of multimedia artwork. On the website, there is a calendar of the varying themed exhibitions that are now hosted there throughout the year.
Maraya Art Center, Block B, Al Qasba, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, +971 6 55 66 555
Take a day trip to Kalba
Just a short drive away from Sharjah proper, Kalba is a small fishing village located on the seashore. The three main attractions in this quaint, little town are the Al Hisn Museum, the House of Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al-Qassimi, and the Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve, which is dubbed a “bird watcher’s paradise”.
Admire the Heart of Sharjah
The Heart of Sharjah was a project started in effort to preserve and discover the historical culture of the city and neighboring region. This project is still under construction and is aimed to be completed in 2025, but is still worth stopping by to see what amazing things are in store a decade from now. This is not just a handful of museums; instead, it is the revival of the past into something more modern.
Heart of Sharjah, Al Mareija, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, +971 6 544 8847
By Kalpana Satish